Child abuse isn’t the right way to se­cure your exit

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7 DAYS -

In re­sponse to the ar­ti­cle ‘Boy burned for a ticket back home’ (Oc­to­ber 5), I feel that the maid’s idea should be tracked. It should be in­ves­ti­gated as to how she learned that such an act could give you a safe one-way ticket back home. It’s even more shock­ing to learn that she was em­ployed by the agency de­spite hav­ing an ex­pired visa. I don’t know if the fam­ily should have been con­cerned about it though. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the re­cruit­ing firm and the em­ployer to keep note of its em­ploy­ees. Very sad to see 18-month-old Mashaal in such a hor­ri­ble state. There are ru­mours of maids be­ing mis­treated, but un­sure about the depth of it. I have seen families along with their helpers in malls, shops, etc. All seem to be treated well. If there ex­ists a prob­lem, it’s so sim­ple to walk to the best po­lice force in the world or the con­cerned em­bassy. They would have given an even bet­ter op­tion to exit the coun­try. Wish­ing Mashaal a quick re­cov­ery. Greeshma Teresa James, Dubai

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